How do you move on from your children’s old books?
There are so many many memories tied up in these pages. So many hours spent sat on the edge of the bed, putting on voices, ‘acting’ out scenes, growing to know and love the characters. Books read over and over so many times we almost know them off by heart. Books read so many times, the pages are a little worn. Or loved. Our books are very well loved.
This is a small selection of the books both of my children adored. And have both now outgrown.
They no longer want picture books. They want chapters and words and to sit where there is a quiet space and read to themselves.
They no longer want Hairy Maclary, or Boomerang Bear, or the Gruffalo.
My children have outgrown The Gruffalo.
A sentence I never thought I would type. And yet here it is.
I love that my bookworms are moving on and discovering new adventures.
But I can’t help but feel a real pang that very soon these wonderful books will be moving from our bookshelves.*
And I really don’t know if I’m ready.
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* The books will be going in the loft ready for the next generation of Sticky Fingers children. I really can’t have them leaving the house altogether!